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Thomas F. McCoy CIA officer, political consultant

Thomas F. McCoy, 91, a retired CIA officer who later had a long career as a political consultant, died Nov. 25 of heart disease at his home in Chevy Chase.

Mr. McCoy joined the CIA in 1951 and served as a political officer in Rome for six years in the 1950s. He had additional overseas assignments in Spain and Southeast Asia before he retired from the agency in 1968.

As a friend of Sen. Eugene J. McCarthy's (D-Minn.), Mr. McCoy joined his campaign for the 1968 Democratic presidential nomination and became national campaign co-chairman. He was primarily responsible for fundraising and campaign finance.

In 1969, Mr. McCoy opened Washington Information Associates, a political consulting firm with a specialty in fundraising. He worked on many national and statewide campaigns before his retirement in 1993. He was considered an expert on campaign finance and often testified before the Federal Election Commission.

Thomas Frederick McCoy was born in New Haven, Conn., and attended George Washington University. He served in the Army during World War II and was selected for the Office of Strategic Services, the wartime forerunner to the CIA. While serving in London, he met his future wife, another OSS employee.

After the war, he ran a frozen-foods business in Connecticut before moving to Washington to join the CIA.

A daughter, Sarah McCarthy, died in 2005.

A son, David McCoy, was shot and killed in an unsolved slaying in Prince George's County in 2002.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Priscilla Johnson McCoy of Chevy Chase; four children, Kevin McCoy and Stephanie Keith, both of Chevy Chase, Laura Anderson of Nantucket, Mass., and Anne Edwards of Chapel Hill, N.C.; two brothers; a sister; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

-- Matt Schudel

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